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sanctions. our government condemn would that launch and calling it a provocative move . yesterday kim jong-un signing a order putting the missile units on stand by. his plan naming certain u.s. cities as targets. he said it is in response to the u.s. military flying two stealth bombers. u.s. officials said the test was part of the annual military training exercises that was going on since march 1st and aimed at reassuring the allies we stand ready to protect them. >> north korea said it is the final warning. the state run media broadcasting the young leader's message with a state of war. >> from this time on, the north/south relations will enter into a state of the war and all issues raised between the north and south will be handle would accordingly. the state of neither peace or war has entered in the peninsula. >> the white house said the national security council responding to the belinge rent behavior and releasing a statement. we take these seriously and remain in close contact with the south korea allis and north korea has a long history of threats and today's announcement follows that
, but they are keeping a close eye on the north's latest move. look passed the picture of kim jong-un. there's a chart marked u.s. mainland strike plan, with missile trails aiming at hawaii, california, d.c., and for some reason austin, texas. it's wishful thinking on kim jong-un's part, they can't reach the u.s. yet. but they have a more limited strike, something short of an all out attack. >> i think it's more in the sense of north korea getting right up to the edge, stumbling and then falling over the edge. >> former ambassador chris hill says the real danger is the north shelling the border island like it did in 2010, and there's a wildcard here that worries the u.s., young, inexperienced and kim jong-un's desire to prove himself as a leader. >> are there any north koreans that have their doubts to whether he is really up to this. >> the north rhetoric has not been matched by any actual military moves, but it has no foreseeable end game and could go on for a while. north koreans protested on the streets one day after the u.s. flew b2 bombers on a training run, and it could lead to unintended conse
diplomat becoming the first american to meet with kim jong-un, the new, young leader of north korea. there he is in the video. so here's the question for you, what's the consensus at this point? did he, oddly enough, make a fresh opening for the united states with one of the most repressive and isolated regimes on the planet, or did he get used by a brutal dictator? >> you see those pictures right there. clearly the north korean regime will be happy with those pictures. we'll see what he says when he comes out in his first interview and learn a lot more. he has spent more time one-on-one with kim jong-un than any other american. you know, you talk to experts right now. they say he knows more than anyone in the cia knows about kim jong-un, so anything he says about the dictator is interesting, but it will be interesting also to see his take on kim jong-un and whether he sticks by those words that he tweeted out coming off the trip where he said, "i love this man. he's awesome." hard to reconcile that with the human rights record of kim jong-un. >> and with 200,000 people in forced pr
images of dictator kim jong un studying a series of charts allegedly containing plans for a strike on the u.s. mainland. elizabeth pran is live. are we hearing from the white house on this? >> we are. white house announcing a legally coast rhetoric and the threats are more of a familiar pattern. new reports of fighter jets are arriving in south korea for joint exercises, latest demonstration meant to deter from pyongyang. they conducted annual air power drills that did include b-2 stealth bombers. chairman spoke about the country's bullying language this morning. >> i wouldn't be that concerned about them in the mainland u.s. right now or even in the u.s. territory. i think the real threat is to what north korea might be boxing itself into. >> reporter: he went on to say there is no purpose to have direct talks with the leader and staff comparing them to an organized crime family running the territory. >> heather: so kim jong un he has listed a number of other threats. what else is he demanding? >> reporter: the young leader is threatening to close one of the biggest sources of emp
kim jong-un. believe it. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters made the trip to pyongyang this week as part of a documentary project. there was no guarantee that they would meet kim jong-un, but turns out the north korean leader was up for playing host. here is the pair sitting courtside at an exhibition basketball game which was capped off with a party at kim jong-un's palace. it gets better. it seems dennis rodman failed to brush up on his koreas before heading overseas. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into gangnam style dude while i'm here. that, of course, is a reference to the south korean rapper psy. not surprisingly given the tense relationship between the north and the south, psy was not amused tweeting back, i'm from south, man. >>> next, you may have noticed that every time a poll comes out about congress, their favorability rating is embarrassingly low. here is the question though. who are the 9% or 10% or 12% of people who do give them a thumbs up? "the new york times" did some digging after their own poll found congress had a 12% favorability asking peopl
this week, the diplomatic stunner of the year so far. a meeting by the basketball court with kim jong-un. no american gets in to see the north korean ruler. not even, say, google founder eric schmidt, whose visit was not well regarded by the u.s. government. >> we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful. >> reporter: but maybe that's because schmidt was never an nba star. while one of the known things about the secretive kim's private life, from his days as a student at a swiss boarding school, is that he was an nba nut, especially big on rodman's old team, the bulls. and when "vice magazine" pitched north korea on bringing over rodman and some harlem globetrotters to do some exhibition play for its new hbo show, it was, "sure, come on in." and so, dennis rodman is there among the uniformly attired, stiff-faced north korean elite. the nba star, as known for his hair and for his flamboyant outfits, as for his hook shot. the hall of famer known as "the worm" has taken a shot at reality television. and some high profile romances. toning it down a little bit over there, the wo
it entered a state of war with south korea. kim jong-un required rockets are ready to be fired at seoul and american bases. they revealed two nuclear capable b-2 stealth bombers. ian is covering the situation from the south. >> reporter: officials in seoul dismissed the latest outburst of more of the same. it followed a massive rally in the northern capital friday where tens and thousands came out in support of kim jong-un's charge, shouting death to the u.s. imperialists. >> escalating military confrontations would lead to further isolation. here's nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> he has 8,000 troops poised 40 miles from seoul and the big worry is there could be a mistake. a miscal lags by the north would force the first woman president to retaliate. she has very little flexibility and that would instantly bring the united states into this conflict. >> earlier today north korea threatened to close the industrial complex but that site does remain open. hundreds of south koreans travel there daily. they consider the status of the the best signal of the int
. >> gregg: kim jong-un, the new leader, continues to utter threats and belligerent behavior and going so far as to suggest a preemptive strike against the united states. they're no match for the united states and in fact, they're no match for most nuclear power, so what's he up to? >> in part, it's a form of blackmail, but let's he not understatement the kind of hitler in the bunker mentality in north korea. that's why the threats have to be taken seriously, because that regime is simply not rational in our terms. and let's not forget, also, they have, we believe, chemical and biological weapons as well which are a direct threat to the people of south korea, the other half of the peninsula. i think it's clear, kim jong-un is no reformer, he follows in line with his father and grandfather and the world's only hereditary communist dictatorship, still run by the military, still a threat in northeast asia and because they're an impoverished nation and don't sell anything to anybody, a global threat, too. >> gregg: what should we do? >> well i think the only long-term answer here is the peaceful
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that perhaps kim jong-un, the north korean leader, heard the messages being sent by beijing, by russia, and so many others to dial it all back, to try to tone down the rhetoric that was calling for war, a nuclear conflict on the peninsula, even rockets going to the mainland united states. at the same time, some north korean experts were warning that kim jong-un was taking it too far. he was whipping up so much fervor for war inside north korea that when he had to back down, he could lose face, or worse yet, he would have to make good on some of his threats. what is sure at this point is that in the coming days and hours, everyone from washington, to beijing, from seoul to moscow, are going to be waiting, watching, and listening carefully for what comes from pyongyang. back to you. >> all right. jim, thank you very much. >>> the man behind all these threats, kim jong-un, a young leader who since taking the reins from his father further isolated the country from the rest of the world. one describes it as an organized crime family with a blood line of brutal leaders. athena jones has more on new
. >>> there are new -- kim jong un says his forces are ready. >> reporter: this is a latest in a series of threats from the young north korean leader. he ordered his rocket forces to be on stand by. this comes after the u.s. flew b-2 bombers to south korea yesterday for a joint military drills and those bombers are nuclear capable. the north korean leader verbal threats have intensified lately. and even an under ground nuclear test weeks ago. the pentagon is less worried about north korea attacking american soils and more concerned north korea will go after our allies. south korea. >> we will unequivocally defend and we are unequivocally committed to that alliance with south korea. >> u.s. officials consider this latest threat from kim jong un a provocative move and south korean news agencies say there has been extra activity at north korea's test sites in recent days. we are digging deeper into that. reporting live in washington kyla campbell. >>> meantime today americans are marking the end of the u.s. direct military role in the vietnam war. it has been 40 years since the troops withdrew from s
the spike in property crimes. >>> there are new -- kim jong un says his forces are ready. >> reporter: this is a latest in a series of threats from the young north korean leader. he ordered his rocket forces to be on stand by. this comes after the u.s. flew b-2 bombers to south korea yesterday for a joint military drills and those bombers are nuclear capable. the north korean leader verbal threats have intensified lately. and even an under ground nuclear test weeks ago. the pentagon is less worried about north korea attacking american soils and more concerned north korea will go after our allies. south korea. >> we will unequivocally defend and we are unequivocally committed to that alliance with south korea. >> u.s. officials consider this latest threat from kim jong un a provocative move and south korean news agencies say there has been extra activity at north korea's test sites in recent days. we are digging deeper into that. reporting live in washington kyla campbell. >>> meantime today americans are marking the end of the u.s. direct military
a third nuclear test, and there are many things that kim jong-un who's a new leader in north korea. everyone else is newer than he is, nonetheless, he could have issued through rodman or even by letter a very -- a more sophisticated note on how he would like to stand down on the nuclear front, stand down on some of the posturing on south korea. there are many things he could have done to make this serious. he's a pop culture guy, he's a young man. we have to ask ourselves, is he trying to do what he knows. as inadequate and silly as it sounds, maybe there's something deeper there. i don't think there is, but barack obama needs to respond to serious initiatives and not just the pop culture ones. and the leader of north korea needs to learn that. >> here's what i don't get about these diplomatic niceties. why isn't this the best time to call, after north korea has done something that we really really don't want and we really want them to stop doing it. the soviet missiles were in cuba, and so president kennedy was communicating as directly with nikita khrushchev as he could. he didn'
with his new friend the north korean leader kim jong-un. >>> president obama is taking his new outreach campaign directly to capitol hill just as leading republicans are reviving parts of their agenda from the 2012 presidential campaign. his former rival house budget committee chairman paul ryan sounded a lot like he did back out there on the campaign trail last year. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us live from capitol hill right now. dana, what's the latest that's going on because there's a lot of activity. >> reporter: there sure is. you know, wolf, one of the reasons he picked paul ryan as his runningmate because ryan is considered one of the smartest minds and best spokespeople on the issue of republican economic principles and today ryan doubled down on those ideas. if all this looks familiar, it should. >> the house budget committee republican majority, putting out yet again a budget that addresses america's need. >> reporter: there are some differences between this paul ryan budget and those in years past. the biggest, the election day smackdown ryan a
appears to be growing more impatient with hits neighbor. kim jong un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for his meeting with dennis rodman last week. >> we have urged the north korean leadership to head president obama's call to choose the path of peace and come into compliance witnesses international obligations. north korea's actions directly violate united nations security council resolutions and threaten international please and security. >> reporter: a third nuclear test took place just last month, jon. jon: congress is taking teps to try to further the crackdown on north korea? >> reporter: they are supporting tougher chances. they are mold holding a meeting on north korean criminal activities that keep the regime in power. here is chairmaned royce from california. >> we must go after kim jong un's illegal activities like we went after organized crime in the united states. identify the network, interdict shipment and disrupt the flow of money. >> reporter: it includes the smuggling and counterfeiting of u.s. 100-dollar bills, jon. jon: thank you. general jack
, that the father, the grandfather of kim jong-un has exceeded now the direct threats against the united states, the threats of nuclear war on the peninsula, the threats of attacking hawaii, of attacking guam, of attacking the mainland united states with nuclear weapons. let's make clear. he doesn't have the capability to do that. but he is taking it to a different level. and there's a lot of people that are looking on and they're trying to calm the situation down. we heard today from south korea's defense ministry spokes man. listen -- >> translator: north korea's continuing threats against south korea such as saying it is entering a state of war, are never acceptable since it is harming peace and stability on the korean peninsula. the recent military exercises such as key resolve and bold eagle and the u.s. strategic bombers' deployment on the peninsula were defensive in nature against north korea's possible provocation. >> reporter: now, the real threat according to some veteran north korea watchers like dr. ham park of the university of georgia, is that the young north korean leader is back
korean dictator kim jong-un. believe it. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters made the trip to pyongyang this week as part of a documentary project. there was no guarantee that they would meet kim jong-un, but turns out the north korean leader was up for playing host. here is the pair sitting courtside at an exhibition basketball game which was capped off with a party at kim jong-un's palace. it gets better. it seems dennis rodman failed to brush up on his koreas before heading overseas. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into gangnam style dude while i'm here. that, of course, is a reference to the south korean rapper psy. not surprisingly given the tense relationship, psy was not amused tweeting back, i'm from south, man. >>> next, you may have noticed that every time a poll comes out about congress, their favorability rating is embarrassingly low. here is the question though. who are the 9% or 10% or 12% of people who do give them a thumbs up? "the new york times" did some digging after their own poll found congress had a 12% favorability asking people why they liked co
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stars has befriended one of the world's most controversial dictators, north korea's kim jong un. really likes basketball. so he allowed dennis rodman to visit the capital city with a film crew. rodman brought back this message for president obama. >> he want obama to do one thing, call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said if you can, dennis, i don't want do war. i don't want do war. >> okay. i'm not sure we should take dennis's word for it, though. peace-loving north korea conducted its third nuclear test right before dennis rodman's visit, and now is working on a long-range missile. but let's forget about peace and talk about love. here is dennis rodman again. >> his country like him, not like him, love him. love him. >> rodman and some harlem globetrotters got special tours of north korea's best sites. they did not see this north korea, where 6 million people need food eighth aid. 19% of the babies are malnourished, and most people make 4 bucks a day. those statistics explain why the state department was not thrilled about watching ki
. those statistics explain why the state department was not thrilled about watching kim jong un roll out the red carpet for rodman. >> clearly you've got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors when they should be feeding their own people. >> so let's get this straight. the united states has not held formal talks with north korea since 2005, but this guy gets a seat at the table? dennis rodman, the player who head butted a ref and was once called the worm? the man who has always attracted attention for keeping strange company might have finally outdone himself. let's turn to eugene robinson, msnbc political analyst and associate editor pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." okay. how bizarre is this? >> well, it's hard to get weirder than this, ed. i mean, dennis rodman has i think five nba championships. he has been defensive player of the year. he is in the hall of fame. he is not going to be adding a nobel peace prize to his list of honors. it's not going to happen. this was really bizarre. >> does this make north korea look approachable to the
defense on the west coast. >> chris: do you think that kim jong-un and the north koreans are a real threat to the u.s.? >> i don't think that threat is imminent and, i don't think they have the mechanisms necessary to really harm us but it is really good we are taking the precautionary measures to make sure they cannot do damage. it puts us in a different place as it relates to negotiating with them and, at the end of the day, chris, i know there's a lot of talk, 6-party talks and all kind of things that are occurring and all of us understand the key to this will be china. they are the ones that can actually affect the behavior in north korea because of the trade issues and certainly the support issues coming from china. into north korea. hopefully, china sees the threat to -- for nuclear proliferation in that part of the world, in the event they are not able to stop what now, is doing. >> chris: senator corker, senator durbin, thank you both. we'll have to leave it there. thank you for talking with us and, no doubt, there is tough bargaining ahead on the budget. thank you, gentlemen. >> t
making process. obviously, there's a lot of speculation. people are wondering, did kim jong-un get the message that was delivered by china, by russia, and so many others, to dial back the rhetoric and all the talk of near war on the peninsula, missile strikes on the continental united states. did he hear that message? is that why we're seeing all of this? even some north korean experts say kim jong-un was painting himself into a corner with all of that. he was whipping up so much national fervor and getting people geared up to go to war that it could backfire on him. he could lose credibility or even worse, he can find himself in a position where he had to make good on some of those threats in order to maintain a standing in the eyes of his own people. there's little doubt, at this point, that over the course of the next hours and days, all eyes from washington to beijing, from here in seoul to moscow, are going to be on north korea and kim jong-un to try to see what he does say, to try to listen closely and find out what the next move of pyongyang will be. alison? >> okay, jim cla
is it different now under it's new ruler kim jong un? >> i think we're starting with kim jong un that a younger man exposed to outside world would rule differently. he is very much in line with his elders and determines to make problems and not solutions. threat from north korea is multifast fast set. there is the threat with south korea that is weomg at times but proliferation is a grave threat. it's tied directly in the same proliferation networks as iran. you can imagine the longer range missiles moving through north africa, well within the range of the east coast. >> kelly: i know you mentioned a bipartisan miscalculation. did the obama administration when it first got started miscalculate the north koreans and same can be said toward iran and apparent nuclear build-up? >> i think you can make the case. they misjudged how they can influence the behavior of china and russia in a positive way. they miscalculated how quickly rogue leaders are able to acquire these weapons under a sanctioned regime. >> kelly: so based on that what is the united states need toin r development and threats as we s
dictator kim jong-un. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters traveled to north korea for a documentary. the north korean leader was up for playing host. here they are sitting courtside for a and then went to a party. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into the gangnam style dude while i'm here. that's a reference to the south korean rapper, spy. psy was not amused, saying i'm from south, man. who are the 9%, 10% or 12% of people who give congress thumbs up? "the new york times" asked people why they liked congress. some people backed off their vote entirely, using words like idiots and ninnies. someone else said it was an accident, and another said she just had surgery when she answered the question. overall, the tiny group of congress lovers fell into one of two caps. they just really are optimistic that everybody is trying their best. for the folks that think congress needs to step it up, there is stephen colbert's solution to the next budget crisis. >> i think i know why the sequester is not working. because it doesn't affect congress. the salaries of senators an
a day after kim jong-un ran a mock strike. pyongyang has stepped up its rhetoric in recent days. over what it calls hostile, ongoing military drill s betwee south korea and the u.s. although north korea is believed to lack the technology to carry out such an attack washington says it's deploying more anti-missile batteries in alaska to counter a possible threat. >>> a massive man hunt continues this morning as colorado police search for the cold-blooded killer of the head of the state department's state corrections. tom clements was shot at his front door tuesday night in monument, just north of colorado springs. investigators say due to his position as executive director of the corrections department there could be any number of people who may have had a motive to target him. state police have few leads but they are looking for a vehicle that according to a neighbor was left running outside just minutes before the murder. >> that's being described as something lar to, perhaps a late '80s early '90s lincoln, perhaps a cadillac, something of that nature. it's a boxy-style vehicle, if w
can't offhand think of them. he told george stephanopoulos about his new best friend, kim jong-un. >> i don't condone what he does. as far as person to person, he's my friend. as far as what he does, deal with it. >> as someone who hypothetically is a murderer, who is your friend, is still a murderer. >> seriously, you know, i think that's what -- what i did, what i did, was history. was history. guess what. it's like we do over here in america, right? >> what i did was history. well, it's hardly a standard speak. but the fact remains dennis rodman is one of the very few americans to do any talking at all with the north koreans in the last few years. joining me now is a man who can sum this up pretty well. dan rather. dan, quite extraordinary incident. i can remember where i was when elvis died. dennis rodman sitting there with the leader of north korea, talking about being his best friend, et cetera. amid all the comedic aspect of this, and those feeling affront by this guy, there is a serious point about raising awareness of north korea and having any kind of contact there. what
to the tension. here is a picture north korea released showing president kim jong-un and his generals in what looks like some kind of a war room and on the wall a map that appears to show a diagram of missal routes targeting hawaii, los angeles, washington and austin, texas. the u.s. is now considering its next move with a country that has a long history of trouble making. elizabeth is live in washington with more. elizabeth? >> we are getting fresh reaction from the security council. a spokeswoman released a statement and in part it says we take these threats seriously and remain in contact with our south korean allies. but we would also note that north korea has a long history of rhetoric and threats. today's announcement follows that familiar pattern. she went on to say the council and the defense department remains fully prepared and capable of defending the u.s. and our allies. >> it has rach cheted up. it has ratcheted up, the danger, and we have to understand that reality. we, the united states, south koreans, all of the nations in that region of the world are committed to a pathway to
kim jong-un declared the korean peninsula was in a state of of war. we had a presence there and have had since fighting in the korean war ended in a cease-fire in 1953 with no official peace treaty there. and holding trills and the b-2 bombers just left and now we're learning that f-22 fighter jets arrived for more joint exercises. and they're the most advanced in our air force. elizabeth prann. >> the muscle flexing continues. reports are u.s. military officials are flying f 22 stealth fighter jets in joint exercise was south korea. the f-22 raptor technology is known for being unmatched. the advanced fighter jet is incredible to radar and air defense systems. the arrival of the f-22 is coming just days after the u.s. trained over south current turf with both b-2 bombers, as well as-- or b-52 bombers as well as b-52 stealth bombers. former ambassador john bolton tells fox news the u.s. main land should not be as concerned as north korea's neighboring countries such as south korea and japan. he doesn't discredit the possibility of future violence in that region. >> i think these thre
korea. take a look at this photo with me. here he is, the leader of north korean leader kim jong-un meeting with military leaders today. here he is, sorting through documents. but you'll see in a moment, there is a map behind him. see that over his left shoulder. lines drawn to places like hawaii, places like california, and what's more is this. yet another piece of propaganda video, shows animation of north korean missiles destroying u.s. bomber planes. this comes just a day after the united states sent b-2 stealth bombers over south korea for military drills, a move that north korea says is a threat of quote/unquote nuclear war. bev within reporting, getting and hearing this growing rhetoric from north korea in recent weeks, the nation calling the u.s. warmongers and imperialists. u.s. officials, they say they are concerned. >> i think they're very provocative actions. and belligerent tone has ratcheted up the danger. and we have to understand that reality. >> so chris lawrence for us at the pentagon. chris, i want a reality check. how serious now is the u.s. taking this threat th
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, this is the first time that you've heard this extended provocation and rhetoric from the young kim jong-un. we've kind of heard this rhetoric before, but this is the longest period that we've seen this escalating tension with no end in sight. he we do into that china and russian are concerned and asking the u.s. and others to lower the rhetoric, lower the tension on the korean peninsula. we've received photos of kim jong-un making war plans, we're told, with his national security team shortly after midnight local time. kim jng you know signed orders that places north korean rocket forces on stand by. and the pentagon says they haven't seen any movement on that front yet. the animated state defgs announcer who said this quote, he finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the korean people's army, ordering them to be on stand by to fire so that they make strike anytime the u.s. mainland, its military bases in the operating operational theater, the pacific, guam-- >> and the north koreans seem to be headed in a different direction here. and so, we will unequivocall
is not going to call kim jong un and discuss whether the heat is going to beat the thunder in the nba finals. this year. it's not going to happen. >> should dennis rodman offer to answer questions to the state department? [ laughter ] >> i don't think the state department -- >> i had to ask that. i just had to ask it. >> maybe they would have some interest in what he observed as he went around north korea so they know a bit more about what is going on in the country. but i would like the hear that conversation. i would love a readout from that conversation. >> they love basketball. he loves basketball. so i guess the president could fill out his nba bracket and kim jong un could fill out his nba bracket. and of course, rodman could deliver it to him. >> right. >> this is one of the most bizarre international stories i think we have seen come down the pike in a long, long time. and rodman, for him 20 go on this week and play it serious even adds to how bizarre it is. and he actually thinks that he might be some kind of an ambassador in all of this. >> exactly. he is taking this very seriously
of north korean leader kim jong un's call to arms, chanting "death to the u.s. imperialists." kim said earlier the time had come to, quote, settle accounts with the u.s. in response to a u.s. show of force, b-2 bombers in exercises over south korea. kim has also ordered his missiles on stand by to strike the u.s., south korea, guam, even hawaii. experts doubt he has the ability to hit u.s. targets and think it would be pretty suicidal to try. they believe a full scale conflict is unlikely but do worry about a more localized provocation, perhaps around disputed waters in the yellow sea. there have been several clashes there in recent years, and when i visited the area friday, i found the south most vulnerable islands just ten miles from the north on a high state of alert. the big worry is that a local skirmish or miscalculation could quickly escalate, lester. >> ian williams in south korea for us this morning, thanks. >>> kristen welker is at the white house with reaction this morning from the obama administration. what are you hearing at this point from the white house? >> reporter: we
north korean leader kim jong-un. file this under the strangest but the truest. abc's claire shipman has more, now, in washington. good morning to you, claire. >> reporter: good morning, josh. maybe it's an updated take on that cold-war ping-pong diplomacy. the match-up is bizarre. but both personalities are so quirky, it almost makes a strange sort of sense. it's a long way to go for a bromance. >> it's my first time. i think it is -- most these guys' first time. >> very upset. >> reporter: american bad boy nba hall of famer dennis rodman. and worldwide bad boy, dictator, kim jong-un. two guys, sharing a lot of laughs in north korea. bonding at a harlem globetrotters exhibition game. the north korean leader is a passionate basketball fan. afterwards, sushi at the leader's palace. background music -- the theme song from that smash tv show, "dallas." the unlikely courtship made the front page of the newspaper. rodman assured his new pal, he has a friend for life. apparently, it's basketball diplomacy. an hbo producer brought rodman and a few globetrotters to pyongyang as part of a new doc
sight. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> you're in "the situation room." >>> strong man kim jong-un spelled out his potential targets on a map during an emergency meeting with his generals. one of those targets, austin, texas. yes, texas. raising the question, should the u.s. military take kim jung un seriously. >> let's bring in chris lawrence. he's doing serious reporting on this. what are you hearing, chris? >> wolf, a lot of people in texas right now have to be wondering, how in the world did we end up on any sort of target list with a bull's-eye. u.s. officials aren't concerned about austin, but they are very worried about this escalating rhetoric. look past the picture of kim jong-un putting north korean rockets on standby inside his military command. there's a chart marked, u.s. mainland strike plan, with missile trails aiming at hawaii, california, d.c., and for some reason, austin, texas. it's wishful thinking on pyongyang's part. they can't reach the u.s. yet. but tens of thousands of american troops are well within range of a more limited strike, something short of an all
you, doctor. well, you would be hard pressed to find an odder couple than this. on the left, kim jong un, the dictator of north korea, who is a big fan of the man on the right, dennis rodman, the flamboyant hall of fame basketball player. rodman was invited to north korea to put on basketball exhibitions, and after enjoying a game together, rodman told kim, "you have a friend for life." tweeting in a dead language-- 2,000 years merge on one historic day in a moment. s ncer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the risk of
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
again and reportedly readying its military. the leader there kim jong un says his rockets are ready to quote settle accounts with the united states. this comes one day after a powerful military message from us to them the pentagon sending two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a fly over right around the korean peninsula to make sure they saw it. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with more on this continuing to develop story. so, jennifer, what is north korea specifically planning to do? what are they saying? >> reporter: well it's difficult to say, jenna, but right now kim jong un is backing himself into a corner and the pentagon is very worried that he may put himself in a position that if he doesn't do something he will lose face. shortly after midnight local time last night north korean state television reported that kim jong un signed orders to put the nation's rockets on combat ready status. the direct threat to the u.s. in the wake of those b-2 bomber flights over the peninsula were cleared the animated north korean news reader said of kim, quote he finally signed the
seriously. north korea says it is in a state of war against south korea. this follows kim jong un to put strategic rockets on standby. they believe they want to boost the leader's image. >> thousands lined up and all patients of a dentist to may have infected them with hiv or hepatitis. 7,000 patients were mailed a letter warning them they may have been exposed to the virus because of unsanitary conditions. >> the news was about a dentist and dirty equipment and there was name at the end and i said what? >> i didn't see any evidence of what they are saying. he was very nice, but i didn't know what i was exposed to. >> carolyn: take a look at this piece of equipment. it's an autoclave it's one like this. it sterilizes instruments and supposed to be tested monthly. this one had not been checked in six years. lisa argen is off on this easter sunday and we're happy to have frances dinglasan but not so happy about rain. >> we know rain is on its way but we are looking for the breaks for you that plan on easter egg hunts or the parade. i'll have the details. we are waking up to grey skies but
and unpredictable leader kim jong-un called an urgent meeting. part of the steadily escalating rhetoric here. unlike in the past, the u.s. has pushed back hard. flying two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a practice run last week, just 50 miles from north korean coast. a part of force, u.s./south korean count ter provok case. >> we hope to never to have to put those plans into effect. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence doesn't believe that north korea has a nuclear weapon that fits atop a missile. they do have missiles that could possibly hit hawaii or alaska. while an attack on the united states is highly unlikely, the fear here in seoul is that these dangerous provocations could lead to conflict. >> all right, thank you, martha. >>> in other news this morning, crews are in arkansas are racing to clean up a major oil spill. the oil spill when an ole pipeline ruptured outside of little rock on friday. about half the oil has been recovered so far. >>> hundreds of people lined up in oklahoma to get tested for hepatitis and hiv, as many as 7,000 may have been exposed to the disease by their doctor, dr. s
rhetoric, threatening to rain death and destruction on the u.s. and south korea, kim jong un seems to have taken a day off. perhaps the north korean leader ran out of things to say. north korea had warned saturday that the korean peninsula had entered what it called a state of war and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last major symbol of interkorean cooperation. in fact, the peninsula has been in a technical state of war for 60 years. for all the rhetoric including a vow to launch a nuclear strike on the u.s., experts believe a full-sized conflict is extremely unlikely. but the growing tensions during which the north has renounced an armistice and cut lines across have raised fears here that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash which could easily escalate. don't forget, also, that the u.s. has just under 30,000 troops stationed here. for its part, the white house said this weekend that the u.s. is taking the new threat seriously but also noted that pyongyang does have a history of bellicose rhetoric. richard? >> ian williams, thank you so much. n
't engage kim jong un, bankrupt him," can which appeared in foreign policy magazine recently. ambassador joseph served as the special envoy for six-party talks with north korea in 2003. from 2010 to 2012, he was the director of the national counterproliferation center. and without objection, the witnesses' full--prepared statements will be made part of the record, but i'm going to ask each to summarize your testimony to five minutes, and we'll begin with dr. asher. >> chairman royce, ranking member engel and other distinguished members of the committee, i want to thank you sincerely for this opportunity to testify on a matter of truly grave concern, the growing nuclear proliferation risk of the north korean regime and the need for a fundamental new policy approach to comprehensively address that threat that north korea poses to asia and the world. in short, our diplomatic efforts which i was part of along with ambassadorty tranny and the six-party talks have objectively failed. unfortunately, so have our effort ors to counter the proliferation activities and nuclear procurement of the no
as the country just released this photo of ruler kim jong un meeting with his generals. just yesterday troops rallied in north korea supporting his decision to put missile units on stand by to attack u.s. military bases. u.s. officials say the latest threats are nothing more than talk. well, there has been a tragic accident that has left a member of the elite's seal team six dead and another injured. they were doing routine free fall training at a base in arizona when the two men collided mid-air. they were rushed to the hospital. one died his name has not been released. stable condition this morning. the military is investigating this accident. nearly 3 dozen georgia educators, including a former superintendent, indicted in one of the nation's largest test cheating scan tells. the indictment claims that atlanta public school employees conspired to conceal sheeting or even retaliate against whistle blowers in an effort to bolster standardized test scores. 2011 state investigation found cheating on test by nearly 180 educators in 44 atlanta schools. clayton, tell us what's happening in sports.
leader kim jong-un this week and they had dinner and partied it up a little bit and he was with the harlem globetrotters before leaving the country. the former nba star had this to say about kim jong-un. >> he's proud. his country likes him. not likes him, loves him. >> yes. i love him. that guy is awesome. >> i've got quite a bit to say about this particular diplomatic trip. i will share my thoughts on that in our next hour. still to come, though, when a threat might not be a threat and what it means for the white house press corps and what it says about us. plus, the college of cardinals will gather monday, who are the favorites to succeed pope benedict xvi. >>. you're watching msnbc the place for politics and the place for papal politics, as well. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can
about bellicosity. kim jong un is really, i mean, quite beside himself, threatening nuclear devastation, visiting it upon the united states. your thoughts about how the united states should react. >> yeah. lou: white house has already said, no, we'll handle your nuclear threat, thank you very much. >> that doesn't make me feel reassured. well, if you go ahead -- a, you're going to have nuclear weapons, b, you might launch them at us, but don't worry, we'll take care of them. we would be laughing at these guys between dennis rodman and the music video, but the fact is he's getting his hands on nuclear weapons, and there'll be proliferation in south korea and japan. you'll see more nukes in the region. in five years we could have five more nuclear power. lou: and, ambassador, 30,000 of our troops on the dmz in south korea. isn't it about time that we remove those troops? because they are clearly in harm's way and would amount to very little in the way of resistance should he send forces over that line or missiles or rockets. >> well, the plan is to bring the troops back away from the dmz
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